Teachers say disc golf fits ORR to a tee

Jun 27, 2022

MATTAPOISETT — Disc golf could be making its way to the grounds and the physical education offerings at Old Rochester Regional High School.

ORR teachers Andrew Apperson and Nathan Kane have proposed adding disc golf as a club for the school’s students and a possible offering during physical education class. 

Disc golf has grown in popularity in recent years, the two men told members of the Old Rochester Regional School Committee at their June 22 meeting.

The activity involves tossing discs similar to Frisbees into devices known as baskets. The rules are similar to traditional golf. 

“We think we could implement this vision’’ fairly quickly, Apperson said. 

Disc golf can be played by everyone, the teachers said, regardless of age, ability or gender. The activity could be included in the school’s physical education offerings and become an ORR club, they said.

Students have already expressed “a lot of interest’’ in disc golf, Apperson said.

The activity could appeal to students who would normally avoid team sports, the teachers said.

To accommodate the disc golf course, 11 holes would potentially be placed on the school campus, on “underutilized areas’’ away from existing sports fields. The area behind the tennis court is one possible location.

Disc golf “fits into areas you wouldn’t normally use, and that’s one of the beauties of it,’’ Apperson said.

Certain aspects of the grounds that would be unusable in most sports –sloped areas, for example – can be ideal for disc golf, he said. 

Funding would be needed for the baskets, which are estimated to cost from $300 to $600 each, and tee boxes, where the golfers stand to make their first shots. No specific cost was presented for the tee boxes, in part because existing walkways and concrete areas could be used for some of them, according to the presentation.

Committee member Heather Burke noted that “these are all costs that would be incremental’’ and said the district had little room for incremental costs.

She recommended considering other locations in the Tri-Town, including Washburn Park in Marion and Dexter Field in Rochester, rather than adding to the high school’s “already heavily used fields.’’

Proponents countered that the focus of the activity would be for students and not the general public. 

“Everything we do here as a committee, we do for the students,’’ committee member Jim Muse said.  Providing public access would be a “nice byproduct,’’ he added, but the not the main goal. 

Muse said he could see many favorable aspects to the proposal. The quantity of equipment purchased could be scaled down, he noted, if finances were a concern. 

Apperson said he doubts participation would be an issue. “I have a feeling that students would absolutely love it once they try it,’’ he said.

No formal decision was made at the meeting.